blood orange granita
photo by Jennifer Johnson
If you’re looking for a light and refreshing dessert for Valentine’s Day (or anytime), making a granita is as easy as it gets. You can use any flavor juice you like, just be sure it's freshly squeezed, or a high quality bottled juice. Every juice will taste different and vary in sweetness so taste your juice first before you begin so you know how sweet it is. We absolutely love Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Company for one of the best bottled juices we’ve ever tried.
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 cups freshly squeezed blood orange juice
- Make simple syrup. In a small saucepan, combine water and sugar. Cook over low heat until sugar dissolves, 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature. Once cooled, chill in refrigerator for about 1 hour.
- In a glass or ceramic baking dish, add juice. Add 1 tablespoon simple syrup, whisking into juice. Taste and add in additional simple syrup, 1 tablespoon at a time (if needed), until juice reaches your desired sweetness. For our mixture, we only needed 1 tablespoon simple syrup (save any remaining simple syrup and use it in a cocktail). Cover dish with plastic wrap and place in freezer for 1 hour.
- Remove mixture from freezer and using a fork, start to flake it into ice crystals. Place dish back in freezer and do this every hour or so until entire mixture is able to flake into crystals and you have granita. Keep frozen until ready to serve.
cook’s note: If you happen to forget the granita in the freezer before you’ve finished shaving it to its final consistency (like I did!), simply leave it out at room temperature for a few minutes until it softens enough for you to finish shaving it.